a place where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation, as a morgue or funeral home
Origin of mortuaryfrom Late Latin mortuarius, of the dead from Classical Latin mortuus, past participle of mori, to die: see mortal
- of or having to do with the burial of the dead
- of or connected with death
A place, especially a funeral home, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.
- Of or relating to burial practices.
- Relating to or characteristic of death.
Origin of mortuaryMiddle English mortuarie gift to a parish priest from the estate of the deceased, funeral service from Anglo-Norman from Latin mortuārium receptacle for dead things neuter of mortuārius of the dead from mortuus dead past participle of morī to die ; see mer- in Indo-European roots.